The Drop Bag is stocked with Active Pursuit reading to enjoy at the finish line of your day, or a coffee break serving as the equivalent of an endurance event aid station. Look for it as a mid-week feature on The Active Pursuit.
Lamborghini with pedals: Bicycle-maker BMC partnered with luxury car-maker Lamborghini to create a limited-edition bicycle based on the impec model that Cadel Evans rode to victory in the 2011 Tour de France. What would a Lamborghini bicycle cost? $32,000. Writing in the Atlantic, Henry Grabar, speculates on the market: “BMC is only making 50 of them, so if you’re looking for a justification, it could be a great (if exceedingly exorbitant) way to distinguish yourself in a world where every Tom Dick and Harry is riding a carbon-fiber bike around town. Thirty-two grand may seem like a lot to spend on a bike, but it’s definitely the cheapest Lamborghini on the market right now.”
Bicyclist on trial: Cyclists have long argued for equality with cars on the road. They got their wish in San Francisco, in a landmark criminal case and the prosecution of a cyclist on manslaughter charges. A judge last week ordered that Chris Bucchere, 36, stand trail on the charge that he rammed his bicycle into a pedestrian at an intersection and killed a 71-year-old man. Check out the details in this piece.
Solinsky back on track: Wisconsin native Chris Solinsky has returned to racing, after a long recovery from the torn hamstring he suffered in 2011. The four-time All-American at the University of Wisconsin – Madison shared his training assessment and plans with Competitor.com: “I’ve been able to get through quite a bit of the work, but I have to remind myself to be happy with the improvements I’ve made rather than comparing myself to the other guys and remembering what I used to do. The theme for the year is to build momentum and if I can do that week to week I’m on the right track.”
Adidas tries to bounce Nike: Anyone with an interest in the running shoe market should check out this piece from Bloomberg News, detailing the new Adidas Bounce and the company’s push to catch Nike in the U.S. A few numbers that stood out: Nike has 54% of the running shoe market in the U.S. Globally, consumers spent $15 billion on running shoes in 2011. Oh, about the Boost. The foam in the Boost’s sole is made from thousands of tiny capsules instead of a single sheet, like traditional shoes, Adidas says. That makes it bouncier and improves comfort while saving energy.